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Freelance plumber wins workers' rights in Supreme Court ruling

A freelance plumber has won a landmark case on workers’ rights in the Supreme Court with potentially huge significance for freelance workers across the country. Self-employed plumber Gary Smith, who worked exclusively for Pimlico Plumbers for six...

Employment tribunal claims rise by 90% following abolition of fees

The number of claims made to employment tribunals has almost doubled since the fees for bringing a claim were abolished last year, according to new official figures. The latest government figures , covering October-December 2017, show 8,173 single claims...

Court of Appeal rules against leasehold campaigners in landmark case

The Court of Appeal has ruled against campaigners who were seeking to change the model used for calculating the cost of extending a lease or buying the freehold on leasehold property. The new model the campaigners had proposed could have seen these costs...

Stamp Duty cut for first time buyers

New rules introduced in the government’s 2017 autumn budget mean that first time buyers purchasing a property for £300,000 or less in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will no longer pay stamp duty. This exemption will also benefit first time...

How to avoid unlawful discrimination when renting property

As a landlord, you might think you have complete freedom over who to rent or not rent your property to. However, you may be breaking the law if you choose not to rent to someone based on certain ‘protected characteristics’. You also have a legal...

Can you contest your parent's Will if they disinherited you?

If you have been left out of the Will of one of your parents or feel that the inheritance they have left you is unfair, you may be able to challenge the Will under certain circumstances. In this article we examine potential grounds for contesting a Will, the...

Supreme Court rules tribunal fees illegal: what this means for employers and employees

The Supreme Court has ruled that is illegal for employment tribunals to charge workers a fee for bringing cases against their employers. This ruling came about as a result of a case brought by the trade union Unison, which argued that the fees (which went as...

How to evict a tenant

The landlord/tenant relationship is governed by rules, responsibilities, rights and obligations. Both parties will value the security that a tenancy offers. But the law recognises that there are times when a landlord needs to be able to remove a tenant and...

The Taylor Review: A Guide for Employers

The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices has now been published. It offers insights into the changing nature of work in modern Britain and recommendations on how to make sure workers are getting a fair deal from their working conditions. Key points...

Does death wipe out debts?

After a friend or family member has died, their financial affairs will need to be sorted out. We don’t underestimate the difficulties this presents, on both an emotional and a practical level. It’s an unenviable task for those who hold a personal...